Helena, MT – Fireworks are a Fourth of July tradition, but officials want people to be careful and reduce the risk of starting wildfires. With Independence Day celebrations comes the heightened risk of fires. Officials are cautioning folks setting off fireworks to stay safe and also be careful not to start wildfires. Last year, a teenager in Oregon tossed fireworks into a canyon and started a 48-thousand-acre blaze. 2017 was one of the most devastating wildfire seasons in Montana’s history. More than 1-point-4 million acres burned, the most on record. The Northern Rockies Coordination Center is predicting the state will have an above-average fire season this year. Restrictions on fireworks vary from place to place and are prohibited on state and federal lands. National statistics show fireworks killed eight people across the U-S, injured nearly 13-thousand, and sparked more than 18-thousand fires last year.